In June 2013, a Canadian community of Japanese seniors assembled to discuss an inevitable central question. How do my loved ones continue to smile while they grow older? Family members and caregivers sought solutions. What started as an exchange of information grew into a homecare network with a theme — provide culturally sensitive homecare ‘where love matters’. In May 2016 Nikoniko Home Care was founded. It is a one-of-a-kind provider in Vancouver. More about the company and its founder in a moment... First, a few words about the Canadian health care system.

Many people do not understand the cost, coverage, and delivery of healthcare in Canada. Each province administers healthcare for its residents. In British Columbia, the publicly funded healthcare system ensures that all eligible B.C. residents have access. However, medication is not free. Despite information that we hear from others, we must educate ourselves about the cost of health care and medication in Canada. Also, for those who need a little extra help around the house or desire companionship, the health care continuum exposes some gaps.

A caring relationship is communicated by serving a warm bowl of soup, listening to a story, sharing a smile. Even when words fail, Japanese caregivers understand their client’s wants and needs. Each visit provides an occasion to deepen the relationship. Nikoniko Home Care is a first-of-its-kind provider serving seniors in Vancouver. We are proud of our attentive care given by exceptional staff. We are true to our word — where love matters.
Yuko Abeyama
Registered Nurse in Canada, Master in Education
Yuko brings her global experience as a practitioner, an advocate, and a student. She earned a Master of Arts (M.A.) in Education from Université Laval, Quebec and a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in Nursing from Tokyo Medical and Dental University. Her professional accomplishments include promoting healthcare to villagers in Cambodia, doing research about international nursing, and delivering palliative care and acute care in Canada. After working in hospitals as a registered nurse and in the community as a supervisor, she discovered another passion. Advocacy! As an elder planning counselor, she promotes giving care at home. Nikoniko Home Care is Yuko’s dream company. It’s easy to see why. It’s where smiles abound and love matters! Read what people are saying. HAPPY VOICES
When I was in my last year of university, my professor asked me to envision my future. I said I wanted to die happily. My professor laughed but I remain committed to that statement.

What I meant to say was that I want to help people live a happy life. You can never know when your last day on earth arrives. But it arrives. You want to leave from here happy. This feeling seems normal, not funny, just an expected outcome. Some people live their lives doing ordinary things, following in their parents' footsteps so to speak.

When opportunity knocks, it might bring an extraordinary opportunity. For me, the knock was loud. I could not wait any more and no one would stop me from realizing my dream — to become a nurse in Canada.

There is the expectation that children care for their aging parents. It’s easy when many generations live below one roof. Someone is available to provide care, companionship, and attention at any hour. Because they lived at home, seniors might have felt independent. What’s practical though, may not blend well in a different culture. Let’s consider care from two points of view, familial and institutional. In its simple sense, at-home care promotes consistent, ongoing, and adjusted care throughout life’s stages. Hospital care is regulated, urgent, and necessitated when the body needs treatment.

Everyone has his or her limits and I had determined mine. No more would I permit a capable elder to give up their independence. I had seen this loss in my family and among the patients I cared for.

Canada gave me three challenges:
1. Educate Japanese seniors about their medical options.
2. Realize my own expectations about a culturally different medical system.
3. Become unconventional in my desire to help you take your last peaceful breath at home.
NIKONIKO HEALTH INC.
Doing Business As: NIKONIKO HOME CARE
320-6669 Telford Avenue, Burnaby, BC, V5H4A1
Incorporated: May 2016

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